Postgraduate Course: Diagnostic Pathology of Core Needle and Vacuum-assisted Biopsies of the Breast

Datum: 24.06. - 26.06.2020.

Location: Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

Course Objectives

During the course, the participants will be able to review at least 60 cases dealing with core needle & vacuum-assisted biopsies of a variety of benign and malignant breast neoplasms and tumor-like lesions. Several common diagnostic problems including papillary neoplasms, intraductal proliferative lesions, variants of ductal and lobular intraepithelial neoplasias, and infiltrating carcinomas are included.
Examples of adenosis with pseudoinvasion and benign complex sclerosing lesions simulating carcinomas are included. Several examples of "B-3 categories" (lesions with uncertain malignant potential), such as "flat epithelial atypia", lobular intra- epithelial neoplasia, radial scartype lesions, and (complex) papillary neoplasms will be extensively discussed. In addition, uncommon and (very) difficult cases are also included.

On each day, at least 20 cases will be reviewed by the participants using conven- tional (on-site) microscopy. All cases will be extensively discussed by the faculty members using an interactive approach (live microscopic presentation of the cases). Particular attention will be paid to the diagnostic criteria with systematic analysis of differential diagnoses. Value and limitations of immunohistochemistry will be demonstrated and critically discussed. An update of histopathology with discussion of clinical significance of benign, intraepithelial, and malignant tumors of the breast will be provided. In addition to the case discussion, lectures by experts in radiology, pathology, and surgery will be provided.

After the course, the participants will have access for four weeks to review all digitized cases via internet. Prior to the course, however, there is no internet access to the selected cases.


This course is designed for practicing pathologists as well as senior pathology trainees. Attendance is limited to 80 participants.

Course Directors

Farid Moinfar, MD
Professor of Pathology, Chairman, Department of Pathology, Ordensklinikum Linz, Hospital of the Sisters of Charity, Austria Director, Vincent Academy of Pathology

Thomas Decker, MD
Chairman, Department of Pathology, Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Klinikum Neubrandenburg, Germany

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Linz, Austria